SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. – Smoke from the fires blankets Shasta County, putting the area in the unhealthy category.
While everyone should avoid being outside for long periods, respiratory therapists say that’s even more important for people with asthma or COPD.
“We really want to encourage people to stay indoors,” said Jaqueline Crum, a respiratory therapist at Mercy Medical Center.
“We don’t want you outdoors exercising during this time but those that are respiratory compromised, especially those individuals, need to stay inside as much as possible.”
Smoke can affect each person differently. But if you're out in it for too long:
It can cause symptoms like nausea, dizziness, and even chest tightness.
Action News Now spoke to one Redding couple who says they’re limiting their outdoor activities because of all the smoke that is hanging around.
“It kind of limits the activity you can do so no more running, at least for now,” said Roland Paul.
Respiratory experts say if you start to use your inhaler or nebulizer more, get treatment sooner rather than later. Experts also suggest wearing an N-95 mask in these conditions but if none are available, a surgical mask or a cloth mask can also help.
Shasta County Air Quality District Management says it expects these smoky skies to continue for the next several days.